On December 6, 2012, Dr. Robert Lemelson will be coming to CSULA to screen two of his documentaries--"Standing on the Edge of a Thorn" and "Bird Dancers"-- for Tea & Sex. Both documentaries address the intersections of gender, human suffering, and power in Indonesia, and will provide an excellent opportunity for discussion about mental illness from a cross-cultural perspective. Following the screening will be a Q&A session. Come for an informal, intimate discussion with Dr. Lemelson and T&S.
- The University Student Union is circled in red. Because of its location, attendees are advised to park either in Parking Lot 5 or in Parking Structure C (indicated by red arrows). Other possible parking locations are indicated by blue arrows. The theatre is located on the first floor of the Union. Signs will be available to direct attendees to the location.
- A bigger version of the map is located here: http://prometheustoday.com/parking/.
- $1.00 for 1 hour, 15 min
- $2.00 for 2 hours, 15 min
- $3.00 for 4 hours, 30 min
- $6.00 All Day
“The Bird Dancer” examines the impact of societal stigma on the lives of those who suffer from neuropsychiatric disorders and on the severity of their symptoms. Forced to leave grammar school and subjected to countless visits with healers, several of whom perform degrading and painful treatments, Gusti grows increasingly despondent and isolated. An arranged meeting with a happily married and working adult with Tourette’s helps Gusti realize that it’s her family’s and community’s lack of support and understanding that is the source of much of her emotional pain. This knowledge points the way for Gusti to a better life in urban Indonesia—away from her family--where she is able to find compassionate friends and a job to support herself.
"Standing on the Edge of a Thorn"
"Standing on the Edge of a Thorn” is an intimate portrait of a family in rural Indonesia grappling with poverty, mental illness, and participation in the sex trade. Shot over the course of 12 years, the film centers on Iman Rohani, a former civil servant struggling with a mental disorder, who takes in Tri, an unwed pregnant teenager 30 years his junior. Iman refuses to marry Tri, which would have made her an accepted member of the village. Instead, the couple are scorned by the other villagers and become isolated. Over time, trapped by traditional values that stigmatize their relationship, Iman and Tri sink even deeper into destitution and make a series of choices that lead Tri into a life a prostitution and violence.
The narrator of the film is Iman and Tri’s daughter, Lisa, who has witnessed most of these events. Starting when Lisa was a young child, the film documents her unfolding sense of self and identity against the backdrop of a destitute and unstable family. As the film progresses, Lisa struggles to understand her parent’s predicaments, while she herself is being drawn into the sex trade. At the end of the film, we experience Lisa as a 16-year old-teenager, attempting to free herself from her parent’s conflicts and troubles, as she plans to leave the village to pursue a new life in urban Indonesia.
When & Where
Tea & Sex
Tea & Sex (Prometheus Today) is an organization at CSULA devoted to fostering discussion about sex/gender issues from an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural perspective. More information is available on our website: http://prometheustoday.com.